Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Travel tip: How to search tickets based on fare basis or class?

Checking ticket prices for air travel is very easy these days, particularly when you are paying cash. However if you are trying to use an air line miles bonus or a travel certificate, like skybonus, which has some ticketing restrictions, it becomes very difficult. I received two free tickets vouchers for travel on Delta. (I won them at the company Christmas party ;) ) The tickets have fare basis of T or lower. These are very restrictive tickets. I would find some available tickets on Delta.com but it would not let me use the vouchers for most of them. Delta service reps told me that I would have call to see availability and to book again the vouchers. After googling, I found a way to do the search myself!

Here is how you can also search plane tickets by fare basis or class. www.google.com/flights is one good alternative for searching for flights across airlines. However, google would not allow you to search by fare basis. For that, you will need to visit the Matrix system on ITA Software website.

  1. Visit matrix.itasoftware.com
  2. Select Airport code or name in Departing From and in Destination fields.
  3. You will see two more boxes below airport field. In the first one, end the airline that you want to search for. For Delta, the code is DL
  4. In the next field enter "f bc=T". This will limit search to fare basis of T or lower.
  5. Enter other parameters as needed. Once done, click on search!



Search air line tickets by fare class
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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Eye-glasses are NO longer permitted in US Passport/Visa photos

Since November 1st 2016, eye-glasses are not permitted in US passport/visa photos.

Before 1st November 2016, eye glasses were allowed in US passport or visa photo, as long as there is no glare on glasses or frame doesn't obstruct eyes.

Did you know? Bad photos are the #1 reason passport applications get held up during the application process.

Beginning November 1st, 2016, customers applying for their U.S. passport or U.S visa or renewing their U.S. passport must remove glasses for their photo.
Last year, more than 200,000 U.S. passport customers submitted poor quality photos which we couldn't accept. The #1 problem was glasses. We had to put their passport applications on hold because we couldn't clearly identify them from their photo.  Many U.S. visa applications have been delayed due to the same problem.
If the photo of you in your unexpired U.S. passport or U.S. visa has glasses, don't worry about it. You don't have to get a passport or visa now. Next time you renew your passport or apply for a new visa, though, you'll have to take your glasses off.
This policy change helps us and it helps you. We can see you more clearly now and you will experience fewer U.S. passport and U.S. visa application delays and can move faster through U.S. ports of entry. Don't get us wrong, we love your glasses, but take them off for your U.S. passport or U.S. visa photo.*
*If you must wear eye glasses for medical reasons, you'll need to obtain and submit a signed statement with your U.S. passport or U.S. visa application from a medical professional or health practitioner.

Friday, January 20, 2017

How to get passport, visa, OCI, PAN card photos?

How to get passport, visa, OCI, PAN card photos?

  1. Take photo(s) with your phone camera or an actual camera in good (natural) lighting conditions against plain white or light colored background. Check our FAQs section and these tips for taking better photos at home. Click here to know more about taking good photo(s) for passport or visa.
  2. Send us your photo(s) for pre-approval. You can pay right after sending you photos or you can pay aftere we confirm your photo(s) are okay to convert into valid passport or pisa pictures.
  3. Make payment on the link we send you in email. We will start processing your photo(s) within an hour or two after your payment received.
  4. Get your processed photos for your legal documents like passport, visa, OCI, Indian PAN card, etc. applications. You can get your photos by three different options (check our FAQs).
    • Get photos in email. We send you 4x6inch ready-to-print photo sheet which will contain 6 or 8 passport/visa photos. Why 4x6 inch?
    • Pick up photos from your local Walgreens / CVS / Target / Walmart store. See how our photo pickup service works.
    • We send your photos to your address via mail service. But you will have to wait 7-8 days for the photos to reach you in mail. So if you want to get photos urgently, we do not recommend this option.

Why should I pay instead of using free service?

Good question! Because, in our experience, most of the photos taken by non-professional photographers need manual enhancement/fixing with regards to photo background, removing red-eye, fixing exposure and/or removing shadows created by flash. So we manually process each and every photo to make sure you get the best possible passport or visa photos for your legal documents.

What are the benefits of ordering passport or visa photos online?

  • Save Money: Why spend $11 for 2 photos at your local Walgreens or CVS Pharmacy? Order with us 6 passport photos for any country, in any size for only $7.95. Order 12 photos for only $11.95!
  • Convenience: Get photos mailed to your home or office or pick them up at your local Walgreens, CVS, Target or Walmart store anywhere in the USA or Canada (Walmart stores only) within a day. Need photos for the entire family? You can order photos for them without leaving your home.
  • Passport Photos for any country, in any size: 2x2 inch, 35x45mm, 33x48mm, 35x35mm, 35x50mm, 4x5 cm, or in any size as such.
  • Photos for Babies, newborns or toddlers. Newborns and babies often fall sleep when brought to the studio or some may be too young to keep head straight or eyes open. We are a lifesaver for most parents. Take photos of your child in your home at the most convenient time and we will make passport photos that will be amazingly beautiful and compliant with all government requirements.
  • We deliver world-wide. Army, Navy personnel stationed abroad or for people on the move: For USA citizens posted abroad or studying overseas, or for citizens of any country, we can help you with passport or visa photos for any country in any size.